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Die wilde Baumzucht
Berlin, Nauck 1811 - Die wilde Baumzucht oder Beschreibung aller im Königl. botan. Garten etc. bey Berlin im Freyen ausdauernden Bäume und Sträucher für Gartenliebhaber Forstmänner und Freunde der Botanik. Berlin, G. C Nauck, 1811. 8vo. xxii + 586 p. Engraved title-page and 7 hand-coloured engraved plates (2 signed by F. Guimpel). Contemporary green half roan,gilt, marbled boards, uncut. Willdenow (1765-1812), as director of Berlin’s botanic garden from 1801, created one of the most important gardens in Europe. He increased the plant collection from around 1200 species to 7700 and considerably widened the range to include alpines, aquatic and tropical plants; he built new glasshouses and promoted the trial of economic plants. All his publications are considered valuable contributions to the field of botanical science. This greatly enlarged second edition (the first was published in 1796), dedicated to Alexander von Humboldt,particularly benefited from the latter’s expedition to Central and South America (1799-1804); Willdenow had received over 3000 specimens as a result. In this volume 770 species are represented in 194 genera, each with detailed botanical description, note of natural habitat, and the author’s own observations. The charming title-page vignette shows two horsemen riding in an English style park; the hand-coloured plates are of variations in beech, ash, oak and willow leaves. A very good fresh copy. Pritzel 10279. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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